LEIPSIC — The high school volleyball season is heading into the last couple of weeks before the start of the tournament and the Ottoville Lady Green traveled to Leipsic to battle with the reigning Putnam County League champion Lady Vikings in preparation.
Ottoville took control of set one before the hosts tied it midway in and eventually came away with a victory on their way to a 25-19, 25-16, 25-23 sweep.
The Lady Green scored five of the first seven points in the opener before Leipsic turned it into a back-and-forth contest. Junior Taylor Mangas delivered a kill for Ottoville to make it a 12-10 margin but several Big Green hitting errors allowed Leipsic back into the set.
The home team tied it at 12-12 on consecutive errors by the Green and took the lead for good on yet another miscue on the part of the guests. Senior Abby Siefker (15-of-18 hitting, 5 kills) smacked a kill for Ottoville to keep the score within two at 15-13, bringing back and forth scores, and Lady Green senior Tammy Wannemacher (8 digs) sent across an ace to put the tally at 19-15 in favor of the home team.
However, the Vikings got the momentum going their way again, using the talents of Kelly Nadler, who delivered a pair of aces and kills before a Ottoville hitting error ended set one.
Set two was another nip-and-tuck struggle. After the Vikings took the first point, Ottoville tied it at 1-1. Nevertheless, the Vikings scored on an in-the-net call against the Lady Green and never trailed again.
Amber Gerdeman and Nadler contributed scoring marks for the hosts but a Viking service error brought the visitors to within one at 6-5. At that point, the teams exchanged either miscues or being called in the net but after a Nicole Kreinbrink ace, the Vikings were up by an 11-8 count.
Mangas and Siefker helped keep the set close and a kill by junior Nikki Burgei helped reduce the hosts to just a 4-point lead. The Vikings surged ahead down the stretch; scoring nine of the final 13 points with the second set ending on a Shalynn Morman ace.
The third set was much like the first but in reverse, with the Vikings taking the early advantage before a spurt by Ottoville. The Vikings led 7-4 before a series of successful serves by sophomore Annie Lindeman (11-of-11 serving, 1 ace) brought the Green back to within one at 9-8.
Ottoville finally tied the set at 13-13 on an ace by junior Tonya Kaufman (42-of-42 setting, 9 assists) but a Gerdeman kill and a Maddie Steffan non-returned serve put the hosts up by two at 16-14.
It appeared that the Vikings were going to put it away easily as they led 24-19 and were looking for that one last point. However, the Lady Green had other ideas, scoring four match-point points on the strength of back-to-back Siefker kills.
In the end, the comeback attempt ran out of steam on what ended up being the theme of the night for both teams — more so for the guests; a missed spike attempt by the Lady Green.
The Vikings move to 13-2 overall and 4-0 in the PCL, while Ottoville falls to 5-9 in all matches and 2-4 in league action.
Ottoville hosts St. John’s 10 a.m. Saturday.